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FM seniors tour Botanic Gardens

These pink-and-white glass leaves poking out of the ground are part of one of the sculptures by artist Dale Chihuly that Fort Morgan seniors got to see

One would expect to see exotic blooms, stems and branches during a trip to the Denver Botanic Gardens.

But some of the flora that 40 Fort Morgan seniors saw during their city-sponsored trip were far from natural beauty.

Through the end of November, the Botanic Gardens is hosting an art installation featuring glass sculptures by American artist Dale Chihuly, with the various sculptures placed among the plants.

Fort Morgan Special Events/Senior Center Coordinator Jane Perkins took the seniors to Denver for the special trip, which was free for the 55-and-up crowd.

They got to see Chihuly’s sculptures, which included everything from water features to towering glass sculptures, all in a bright neon colors or stark neutrals, contrasting or blending in with the natural colors of the living plants that surrounded them.

quot;Float Boatquot; is one of the art installations on display at the Denver Botanic Gardens that Fort Morgan seniors got to see during their Aug. 4

It was a long day for the seniors, though, what with wandering around the 24 acres of the gardens and seeing the flowers, plants and landscaping features, as well as the glass sculptures nestled in among plants or purposefully stealing the show from the living displays.

“People really enjoyed it, but they also said they were happy to come home,” Perkins said.

The group was there during the day, but the Botanic Gardens are open in the evening, too.

“I would love to go back and see the sculptures lit up at night,” Perkins said.

The Chihuly show is on display at the Denver Botanic Gardens through Nov. 30. For more information, visit” title=”

Another free trip

This was just one of the free trips the city’s Recreation Department is offering for seniors 55 and older.

The next one is on Sept. 16 to Greeley for a performance by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band at the Union Colony Civic Center.

The deadline to register for this trip is Sept. 12. Because seating for the trip is limited, the city encouraged early registration.

Fort Morgan seniors took a trip to the Denver Botanic Gardens Aug. 4. There, they had a chance to see the special show of the glass sculptures by artist

Seniors can sign up for this trip at the Fort Morgan Senior Center, 110 Sherman St., or the Armory Recreation Center, 528 State St.

For more information, call 970-542-3921 or visit www.cityoffortmorgan. com/recreation.

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